KGA Names Stamper 2007 Grocer of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ken. -- Ron Stamper, an owner of two IGA stores, was honored as Retailer of the Year by the Kentucky Grocers Association/Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores (KGA/KACS) here last week.

The trade group said it was recognizing the 45-year retail/wholesale veteran for his dedication to the grocery business, his employees, and his community.

Stamper owns two Ron’s IGAs in Tollesboro and Vanceburg, Ken. He began his grocery career running truck routes for milk, ice cream, and soft drinks; and then worked for a well known local Kentucky grocery store, Clyde’s Supervalu, first as a stock clerk, then night manager, and finally a meat manager. He has owned his own stores for more than 31 years.

Stamper’s wife Lena, and daughter Cheryl, are actively involved in the daily operations of the store. Cheryl manages and works at Ron’s IGA alongside Ron and Lena, while son-in-law, Jim, helps out with computer support for both stores.

Stamper is on the KGA/KACS board of directors, retail advisory board for Laurel Grocery and the board of directors for First Community Bank in Vanceburg, Ken.

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